Connect with us

2018 F1

Charles Leclerc relishes Formula 1 debut for ‘Alfa Romeo’

Published

on

  • 1
    Share

Charles Leclerc says he is relishing his new role as a works ‘Alfa Romeo’ driver.

The reigning Formula 2 champion has been signed up for 2018 by Sauber, the Swiss team now run by a boss from his junior days, Frederic Vasseur.

“I’ve known Charles since his karting days,” Vasseur told France’s Auto Hebdo.

“I’m happy because this is the first driver I’ve had in the junior categories that I now work with in F1.”

Vasseur said Leclerc’s approach to his Friday duties last year was particular impressive.

“He did not miss a single debriefing,” he revealed.

“I will not mention anyone, but there were others who would have returned to the hotel. All the drivers are fast, but the champions have something else as well.”

Sauber is sponsored by the Ferrari-linked Italian carmaker Alfa Romeo this year.

“There are so many people telling me ‘You will race with Alfa Romeo’, almost forgetting about Sauber,” Leclerc smiled. “But that is just the strength of a great name.

“Being part of a team with an Italian soul is beautiful,” he said.

Vasseur said he is sure Leclerc will shine in 2018, but less certain is the potential of his teammate, the now experienced Swede Marcus Ericsson.

But Vasseur told Blick newspaper: “He seldom had good equipment so his chances were limited.

“But he was good in the last 10 grands prix. He has developed a lot, he is a team player and he gives good feedback.”

For the Sauber lineups of the future, however, Vasseur has high hopes.

“I have worked with young drivers for 20 years,” said the Frenchman.

“I am planning a junior academy at Sauber, probably from 2019,” he revealed. “But there must be real potential, as with Charles Leclerc.”

Vasseur said Sauber’s 2018 car will be ready for testing next week.

“It will be at the first test in Barcelona,” he said.

“In the next few days, many parts will arrive and then assembly begins. Like all the teams, we will be working until the last minute.”

F2 champion Leclerc, however, told Autosprint: “It will be very difficult for me to replicate my Formula 2 season.

“Everything was perfect, both from the team and personal point of view. Now everything changes.

“Formula one is completely different from everything else. There is pressure, but not too much,” he said.

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results

Latest F1 News

2019 F114 hours ago

Vettel even stronger after Canada GP – Binotto

1ShareMattia Binotto says Sebastian Vettel will “emerge even stronger” from the Canada GP penalty controversy. Last week, Ferrari dropped its...

2019 F114 hours ago

Marko rules out MotoGP test for Verstappen

1ShareDr Helmut Marko has ruled out a MotoGP test for Max Verstappen. Marko said recently that MotoGP supremo Carmelo Ezpeleta...

2019 F114 hours ago

Ferrari concept change will take weeks

1ShareMattia Binotto says it will take Ferrari “two or three upgrades” before the Italian team can take on Mercedes at...

2019 F114 hours ago

Pirelli design issue should be fixed – Binotto

1ShareMattia Binotto has joined Red Bull in calling for Pirelli to change its tyre design. Last week, outspoken Red Bull...

2019 F15 days ago

Karting now physically harder than F1 – Grosjean

1ShareRomain Grosjean says even go-karting is now more physically difficult than racing in Formula 1. In Canada last weekend, five...

2019 F15 days ago

Not enough support for tyre change – Marko

1ShareDr Helmut Marko has admitted he cannot get enough support to force Pirelli to change its controversial tyres. The Red...

2019 F15 days ago

Kvyat much more mature in 2019 – Tost

1ShareIn his third stint at Toro Rosso, Daniil Kvyat is a better driver than before. That is the view of...

2019 F15 days ago

No B spec car for Paul Ricard – Abiteboul

1ShareCyril Abiteboul has denied that Renault’s upgrade for its home race in France next weekend amounts to a ‘B spec’...

2019 F16 days ago

Honda to race second engine upgrade in France

1ShareHonda will take its second engine upgrade of the 2019 season to Paul Ricard next weekend. In April, just a...

2019 F16 days ago

Canadian GP race personal wake-up call – Bottas

1ShareValtteri Bottas has described the Canadian GP race weekend as a personal “wake-up call”. With his new beard on show...

Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media